Llanelli to host first national debate on sport

The first in a series of national debates on the future of Welsh sport will be held in Llanelli this Friday (January 12).

As Sport Wales asks the public for views to shape the direction for sport nationally, nearly 100 people from the Welsh sport sector will debate key issues at an event in Parc Y Scarlets.

In November, Sport Wales launched 'My Welsh Sport - The Conversation', an opportunity for everyone in Wales to give their view on Wales's sporting future. My Welsh Sport will involve the public and stakeholders in a two-way conversation about a new vision for sport in Wales and the development of a new strategy for Sport Wales.

Lawrence Conway Chair of Sport Wales said:

"As a nation only a third of the Welsh population is physically active to the recommended levels. This combined with increasing levels of both childhood and adult obesity is a public health time bomb. Sport alone cannot address the issue of physical inactivity but it must do more. This is why I was delighted to have been asked to work with people and organisations across Wales to develop a new shared vision for sport."

 My Welsh Sport

Sarah Powell, Sport Wales chief executive said;

"People have different motivations for participating in sport - from enjoyment to wellbeing, from individual performance to becoming a top athlete for our nation. It's important that we hear from a wide spectrum of people across Wales as we work with partners and stakeholders to shape a new vision for sport.

"Sport is fun and being active is vital if we are to improve our nation's health.  There are many people who are not enjoying the benefits that sport offers and therefore we need a new vision, rooted in the needs of the people of Wales, that ensures participating in sport becomes a reality for more and more of us.

"We want individuals and organisations to shape a new vision for sport that everyone in Wales can sign up to. Sport Wales will co-ordinate the vision - but it will not be Sport Wales's vision, it will be a vision for everyone."

People are being asked to take part in different ways, including through regional events, meetings and online.

The new vision for sport and a strategy for Sport Wales will be shaped by new and previous contributions from stakeholders, as well as key national policy documents and guidance. The vision will address sport's role in delivering the commitments set out in Prosperity for All and meeting the requirements of legislation including the Well-being and Future Generations Act (Wales) 2015.

"We have made a commitment to listen and reflect the needs of Wales so that more people can enjoy sport and be active," added Powell. "All ideas will be considered.

"Sport in Wales has made significant progress with rises in the number of young people participating and a record number of Olympic medals for Welsh athletes. We also know that many people are not active because of a number of barriers and challenges. We need to address these and find lasting solutions."

Through My Welsh Sport, Sport Wales will also develop a new five year strategy for the organisation which will set out how the organisation will deliver its commitments in line with the new vision that is developed and taking account of the recommendations in the recent Ministerial Review of Sport Wales.

For more on My Welsh Sport, and to contribute, visit www.sport.wales/mywelshsport